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accepting on behalf of mary cher lock, her husband, bill, and daughters katie and mara schwartz. accepting on behalf of victoria soto, her parents donna and carlos soto.
>> let me close by just saying a few words of thanks. first of all to wendy and all the people at the corporation for national and community service. thank you for all that you do to make our communities and our country stronger. we're very grateful. to those who nominated these outstanding individuals, thank you for taking the time to share their stories. the competition was stiff. and your words gave life to
their work. to all the family and friends here celebrating with the winners, thank you for the love and support that you provide to them every single day because they couldn't do what they do unless somebody had that love and support for them. i know the awardees would agree that this honor belongs not just to themselves, but to everybody who supports them. and finally to the winners of this year's citizens medal, we want to congratulate you once again. a special note just to the families who are here from sandy hook, we are so blessed to be with you. i've gotten to know many of you during the course of some very difficult weeks. and your courage and love for each other and your communities shines through every single day. and we could not be more blessed
and grateful for your loved ones who gave everything they had on behalf of our kids. on behalf of a grateful nation, thanks to all of you for showing us what it means to be a citizen of this country that we love. hopefully we will all draw inspiration from this and remember why it is that we're lucky to be living in the great he is nation on earth. thank you all for coming and he jo enjoy the reception. >> there you see the president in the east roochlt white houm house giving out the president sal citizens medal including those to the teachers at newtown lost in that shooting. is this one of the highest honors that the president can give.
welcome to newsroom international. we're taking you around the world in the next 60 minutes. here is what's going on right now. sonic booms rocking russia after a meteor streaks through the sky. the shockwaves shattering windows will. russia's state news agency saying more than 1,000 were injured. this happened on the same day that a huge asteroid is flying extremely close to the earth. bill nye the science guy will explain what's going on in just a couple of minutes. pretoria, south affair characterization oscar pistorius formally charged with murder. prosecutors will prove he planned to kill will his girlfriend. he wrobroke can down in tears i the courtroom today, his agent telling cnn that he rejects the charges in the strongest terms.
more details on that. we'll be live from south africa in just a few minutes. and hugh go sigh chew go h to have a tracheotomy and cannot speak now. he also released this picture of president chavez in a hospital bed surroundedhave a tracheotom speak now. he also released this picture of president chavez in a hospital bed surroundeda tracheotomy and now. he also released this picture of president chavez in a hospital bed surrounded by his kids. he has not been seen in public or tv since surgery. and of course kicking off the hour with a story that is unbelievable here. almost seems like science fiction, but it is very real. this is what happened in russia. it was a meteor moving at super sonic speed. streaking through the skies. this is in a mountain region. explosions, a huge flash and big boom all of this happening on the same day that an astroid is
nearing earth. this meteor ended up hurting a lot of folks when it actually rocketed across the sky. chad myers explains. >> reporter: take a look. a stunning close up view of a meteor as it moves quickly toward earth. here it is from another angle just further away. so close it seems as if it's just over this building's rooftop. amazing. this meteor show happened at around 9:20 in the morning local time at one of the most remote places on earth in russia. a picture worth 1,000 words. but the story of this powerful meteor is just beginning to unfold as captivating as it was, it also caused a lot of damage. here evidence of the force of this meteor as the windows of an office building shattered 270
billions sustained some type of damage, mostly from broken glass. in this video we can see and hear the moments as the meteor explodes. >> translator: the wounds that we received included people with mainly contused wounds all due to windows and window frames breaking and flying around. and you see here the result, how many how many people are here. >> wow. chad, that was absolutely amazing when you look at that. and you wonder if something like that had happened anywhere in the world, i mean, pretty scary. what is the difference between a meteor and asteroid and how common is that? >> most meteors are astroids already. some are pieces of comets, but they're already starting as big pieces of rocks. thinking about maybe the size of a kitchen table, maybe even bigger for this one. when it came into the
atmosphere, it heated up probably 40,000 degrees and then exploded. and that explosion is what caused that shockwave, the shockwave caused all the damage. >> and how close was that to earth? >> probably 40 kilometerkilomete 30 miles in the sky. >> i want to bring in bill nye out of l.a.. this is pretty rare event that we would see something this large so close? >> it's rare enough, but we know about roughly 1% of these objects. so there's 99% of these objects still out there and then later today, the asteroid 2012 da did-14 which was discovered by people supported by the planetary society, that thing is going to come by the earth clos closer. so completely independent objects on two different orbits. but they're very similar in that
they're both solar system stuff that crosses the earth's orbit and if one of these were to explode over a big city, that's the he said of the big city. i can't express this enough. so we could as human kind get together and go looking for these things. these things are going so fast, the atmosphere is just like concrete. >> i wanted our viewers to see this again because it really is so incredible when you look at the video and the sound there. is there any risk when you talk about the astroid getting so close to earth that the same thing could happen? >> this? oh, no. if that astroid would hit the earth that we're talking about today that's getting close, there would be significantly more damage than this. and, no, it is not going to happen. it does not get that close. it does get inside the big ring that we have, 22,000 miles in space. but if you take a look, if you make a sphere of that ring,
you're talking about 8 million square miles of area out there and only just a few things to hit. we'll be just fine. the earth is in good shape and so are all the satellites. the odds are not zero, but i could probably win the lottery instead. >> were the russians warn that had this was going to come so close? >> no one was warned. we'd have to really step up our search efforts to find these objects, but our claim in the science community is it's well worth it. if one of these objects were to -- similar to 2012 da-14, later today, if that object were to hit over atlanta, that's it. there's no more atlanta. speaking of the siberia and russia and the former soviet union, in 1908, there was a famous incident called a tungusa
event where one of these air burst astroids leveled 2,000 square kilometers like that. so humankind has the means to deflect one of these things. we slow it down just ever so slightly, but we all have to find them. so nasa is very good the at finding the much larger ones. but these smaller ones we as humans have not put a lot of effort into it. at the planetary society, we have people that are interested in it and we found this one. >> i want to bring in jason carroll, at the new york museum of natural history. tell us what you're learn building this huge astroid that will get very close to us today. >> well, let me give you some perspective. this meteorite is just about roughly the size of a car, i would say. da-14 which will be swinging by the earth later on this afternoon is about half the size of a football field.
so much, much, much larger. and it will be traveling at a rate of about 17,450 miles per hour. that's something like 4.8 miles per second. so it's traveling at an incredible rate. weighs much larger than the meteorite you see behind me here. it will pass by at it closest point about 2:24 p.m. eastern standard time. if you're in indonesia, that is your best vantage point to see. it will be dark there at that particular time. but if you have a telescope, you should be able to see it. i heard references earlier about how close it's coming to the earth in terms of passing by some of our weather and communication satellites. that's very true. so if the scientific community's point of view, this is what they would clarify and categorize as an extremely close call. >> is it possible because it's even close her than satellites to knock out power and satellite
power, the kind of thing your cell phone and all these other things th thas that depend on t? >> no, i think what chad is saying is true. that's what the scientists are telling us. they've charted the path and it's not expected to disrupt any of our communication satellites. but you hear what some folks are say and it does point to a much larger question. and that is while scientists are basically tracking the large ones, the earth destroyer, if you will, what we tonight have a handle on on in terms of the science community is a handle on some of these smaller astroids like the ones half the size of a football field. which if it were to hit the earth anywhere, it would take on a city. this is a water planet. if it landed in an ocean, you're looking at a massive, massive tsunami. so it really points to the question of what science is going to do to try to track the smaller objects. >> all right. jason, bill, all of you, chad, thank you very much.
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they are black now on dry land. it is all about getting home for more than 3,000 passengers of the carnival crews ship triumph. the ship docked in mobile, alabama last night. we watched it hour by hour after passengers spent days in those horrible conditions with no electricity, no working toilets, not much food. carnival has chartered some buses, flights to take a passengers back to texas where that cruise began. and he's a gifted word class athlete who overcame tremendous odds. we know him, the owe him tick hero known as the blade runner for running on his prosthetic legs. now formally charged with murder. this news is shaking south africa to the core. oscar pistorius accused of killing his girlfriend. has cute tors will argue he planned to soot her on valentine's day.
his agent rejects the allegation in the strongest terms. so he appeared in court today and he for the rather emotional. what was his plea? >> reporter: i think this was the first time this the enormity and seriousness of what's happening to oscar pistorius really sunk in. he was visibly disturbed, shaking uncontrollably when the judge named him the accused and he was also shocked to hear the prosecute the tors weren't just charge him with murder, but saying that they think they can get a conviction with a premeditated murder charge. that raises a lot of additional questions. remember, when this story first broke, there was the suspicion that perhaps this was a valentine's day surprise gone wrong. but as each hour has moved forward, it's become apparent that the police anyway feel like this was a violent crime in which his girlfriend, oscar pistorius's girlfriend was shot
dead, with four gunshot wounds. so it was a massive development today to see that the prosecution is aiming for a premeditated murder charge. you asked about a plea. we didn't even get to that point today. first the judge wanted to speak about if cameras would be allowed in the courtroom. they were not. and then prosecution and defense both agreed to postpone this until tuesday. so until then, oscar pistorius will be spending the next few nights in jail and each side will be pulling together their evidence for a case that we will hear more details on tuesday. >> is it possible that he could get t of jail after tuesday, that he wouldn't be held? >> reporter: a good question, but highly unlikely. even before today's proceedings, police force were saying that the state intends to oppose bail for oscar pistorius. so each day they have been even more confident, they feel that he could be a flight risk if they allow him to post bail. this is a man with multimillion-dollar endorsement
deals with nike, oakley and other brands, as well. but nothing will happen between now and tuesday. tuesday is the next opportunity for his side to make the case and explain how his girlfriend ended up dead in his very large mansion. >> still so hard to believe. just shocking. e he errol, thank you. the corporate sponsors certainly go into crisis mode. and nike is distancing itself from the blade runner. here is zain asher for that. >> reporter: nike, sponsor behind some of the biggest names in sports, now dealing with a publicity nightmare with yet another disgraced star. >> they told me i would never walk. >> reporter: the company's $2 million deal withes oscar pistorius now hangs in the balance. this after reports pistorius allegedly shot his girlfriend dead at his home. >> at the beginning of any
crisis, you have to say something. very often we call it dressing up no comment. >> reporter: now doing just that, saying it extends condolences, but as it is a police matter, nike will not comment further at this time. but their pr migraine doesn't end there. the company now dealing with the unfortunate iron any of a 2011 ad with pistorius saying i'm the bullet in the chamber. scandals are nothing new for nike. just a month ago, lance armstrong also endorsed by the company admitted to doping. when nike end ted the rilgss sh. and tiger woods accused of a different type of cheating, have a marital affairs with at least nine different women. >> i think nike has been slow to respond in the past to a tiger woods situation or other situations. and that really makes the public question what their true motives are. >> reporter: but not all scandals mean an endorsement
break up. nike washed their hands of arm strong, but chose to keep wood, recently offering him a generous $100 million deal over five years. and michael vick, convicted of animal cruelty in 2007, also got a second chance when nike resigned his deal in 2011. but for pistorius, things might be different. >> it certainly is more serious because it involves a homicide. they should at the very least suspend their relationship i think until an absolute determination of whether he's guilty is determined. >> reporter: zain asher, cnn, new york. there was a time when al capone was the most wanted man in chicago. now there is a new violent criminal that the chicago pd wants to see behind bars. he is part of a mexican drug cartel. ♪
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move over al capone. there is a mexican drug lord public enemy number one. in fact the head of the dea in chicago is saying now that this guy is worse than capone. he is joaquin guzman, the man the u.s. treasury department
calls the most influential drug trafficker in the world. ted rowlandss is joining us fr chicago. 1500 miles from mexico. but this guy now public enemy number one, why? >> reporter: because he's head of the sinaloa drug car spell and their impact on the streets of chicago has increased immeasurably. they are selling meth, cocaine, haeroin heroin, marijuana on the streets. it's a distribution hub for the entire midwest. his influence is having an adverse effect to say the least on the streets here in chicago. and that that's the reason that he really is if you're going to pinpoint it who is causing the most trouble, he's the guy even though he doesn't live anywhere close to chicago. >> ted, do we think they're anywhere close to finding this guy and capturing him and bringing him to justice? >> reporter: well, he lives
apparently up on top of a mountain in mexico and basically directs everything from there. so are they going to go after him or does this change the attempt to get him? absolutely not. it's more symbolic basically. what they're trying to do is wake people up and say, listen, there's a huge gun violence problem in the city of chicago. a major component of that is drugs. and a major supplier of those drugs is this guy in mexico. >> and we don't need to even tell our viewers about the problems that chicago has been facing when it comes to violence. we've been covering it almost every day now. and the president will be showing up in chicago in about three hours or so. not just to talk about the economy, state of the union and all that but certainly the violence that is in his home city. and one of the things that he made a point in the state of the union address is saying, look, you know what, this is something that is not acceptable anymore. i want to remind our viewers how he put it in terms of his mission.
>> gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of oak creek and tucson and blacksburg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. >> so, ted, we saw in that video of course state of the union the parents of hadiya pendleton who was gunned down in chicago just a week after she participated in the president's inauguration. how are folks talking about this? the president is going to come, he's going to talk a little bit about this. do they think it's going to be useful at all? >> i think a lot of people want the president's visit to basically extend the conversation that started with her death. it struck a nerve this city and they're hoping that the president will continue on that momentum on people doing what
they can on a personal level. whether it's policing your own family or your own block or help to go get laws passed to extend the punishment for gun laws in this city. they're hoping that the president will help continue this dialogue because there's a real sense here that we're at a fork in the road and there's an opportunity for real change. >> ted, thank you. really appreciate it. again, the president will visit chicago this afternoon to talk about the gun violence. it is extraordinary when you look at what is happening in that city. we'll bring that to you live at 3:00 p.m.. and also you know we cover these stories, but sometimes we are also a part of it. we are directly impacted by it. and the violence in chicago has a very personal connection to a member of my team, our executive producer taneshia bell. she grew up on the south side of chicago. when she was just five, a five-year-old girl, her father was murdered. happened less than two miles from where michelle obama grew up. she has written her own personal
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welcome back. we take you around the world this 60 minutes. here is what's going on right now. president chavez had to have a trach. he can not speak. also released, this picture of chavez in a hospital bed with his kids. he has had cancer surgery in december. the nomination of chuck hagel to be defense secretary hits another bump in the road. senate republicans have stalled hagel's nomination for at least another two weeks. senate could not come up with enough votes to he saidep end a
filibuster and bring the nomination to the floor. they need more information. but republicans suggest that they are willing to let the nomination go forward after ter they get pack from the recess. oscar pistorius formally charged with murder. he was arrested yesterday after his girlfriend was found shot to death in his home. he broke down in tears in the courtroom, his agent says he rejects the charge in the strongest terms. >> bring as whole new meaning to the term poop deck. >> you said it, not us. thanks very much. they're joking about it now, but it was pretty rough going for five days for the cruise ship. more than 3,000 passengers are on their way home, thankful for
those hot showers and flushing toilet. folks talked about the dae fl r deplorable condition, but they had praise for the crew. >> we were in awe of the entire time is the crew that was completely unselfish. they served us with smiles and served us in ways that are truly unthinkable, the things they had to do for us yet they did it with smiles. we intend to keep up with those relationships. they did not have to serve us to the capacity that they did, but they chose to make the most of it.kurncouraged all of us. >> passengers are make their way home. carnival has a mess to clean up. the pr disaster. the company is dealing with refunds, possible lawsuits and of course the bottom line, how much money they'll lose over all of this and the cruise line industry generated more than $40
billion in 2011. that is huge. travel and leisure joining us. 20 million folks went on a world last year. did we think this will make a dent at all? and do you think it will change anything in terms of how these bhig ship big ships are prepar handle something like this when they lose power? >> this is nothing that we want to make slight of, but however, it's important to realize in the context of how these crews ships are run, this is a drop in the proverbial bucket, sorry to use that euphemism. and the cruise companies have been extremely attentive to making sure that their cruise ships are at the top of the line. they get very regular updates to all of their systems. but this is something that can happen and i can assure you that
after this disaster and certainly costa concordia, the cruise companies will be on heightened alert even more. >> is there anything that you can do to take a look at the cruise lanes and say this looks like this is reliable, this looks like they could deal with a disaster and this company not so much? >> there are a lot of websites. if you have any questions about cruising, which is the governing body, a great place to go to find out information. but in general, as i was saying, this is such a rare incident that i think for people who go on regular cruise, every the 14 ships of carnival canceled, i've heard those pople are already rebooking their cruises. so people who are regular cruiser, they are committed to cruising. for people who haven't done it before, they're skittish. however what i'm super impressed by and what we've heard over and over again is how well carnival
has hammed the situation. as you said, it is a pr nightmare for any company, but they've come out very forthcoming about what they're doing, giving them their money back, giving them credits toward a future cruise, giving them $500 in cash per passenger. and that is very much beyond what they need to do. >> all right. well, good for them. sounded like the crew did a really good job of trying to help them get through that difficult five days. i'm not a cruiser myself, but i'm willing to give it another shot. >> well that's good to hear. and actually incredibly this might be a good time to look for cruise deals. it's a weird thing to say, but this might be a moment whereas things shake out, you might find some great values. >> i'll think it through. thank you. we are rolling out a big new surprise on monday. we'll be getting a co-anchor to join us for newsroom international. you can guess now who this is? he's a little bit older now.
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imagine people around the world dancing for a common cause. that's what happened as part of 1 billion rising. a movement that highlights the problem of violence against women. people in more than 200 countries took part in this global movement on valentine's day. in new zealand, a flash mob got into the move. the name 1 billion rising comes from a u.n. statistic about the number of women who will be
beaten or raped in their life time. apan stress who joined 1 billion rising movement she's now speaking out about her own experiences. she was in crash, mission impossible 2, pursuit of happiness. but newton says when she was a young actress, she was exploited by a casting director. she told her story to max foster. >> the director asked knee on sit with my legs apart. the camera was right between -- positioned where it could see up my skirt. to put my leg over the arm of the chair, and before i started my tile log, think about the character that i was supposed to be having the dialogue with and how it felt to be made love to by this person. and i was thinking this is so strange, why would i need to do that? but this is the director. he is talking -- there's the casting -- >> it must be normal. >> must be normal. i'm 18 years old and i'm thinking this is obviously something that -- if i was a
protected -- there were boundaries. and three years later, i was at the cannes film festival and my husband and i bumped into this rather drunk producer, british producer, who said, oh -- who mentioned the director that i had had this audition with. and he looked very sheepish and walked away. my husband grabbed me and said why did you start to say something and then didn't. and it turned out that the director who had went on to make the film and who i was auditioning for used to show that video late at night to interested parties at his house. >> unbelievable. this is a new masterpiece, now and attist juxtaposing the painting the kiss against the backdrop of syria's raging civil war. this is stacy from springfield. oh whoa. hello? yes. i didn't realize i'd be talking to an actual person. you don't need to press "0," i'm here. reach a person, not a prompt whenever you call chase sapphire.
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i'm overprotective. that's why i got a subaru. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. an artist from syria is lighting up the internet contrasting beauty with the heart break of war. this aimage called freedom graffiti is going viral. it's a destroyed building overlaid with the masterpiece the kiss. looks so realistic. many people think it's an actual mural. the artist fled syria when the civil war started. he said he hopes to some day create real murals when he goes back. also in syria, very important development this week, united
nations aid workers brought a loe load of blankets and tents. it is only the second time that the syrian government has led u.n. supplies in that country since the civil war started. some people in syria are now cautiously returning to their towns and what is left of their homes. here's a report from homs. >> reporter: a game of soccer in the rubble of a civil war. after months of heavy fightsing, people are returning to this district in homs. slowly and cautiously. there's not many places in the world where you can feel how fierce and intense fighting was if you go there after the fact. but this is one of those places. the government now says it's in complete control of this area, but you can clearly see just how fierce the fighting here was. during our visit, we couldn't find a single house sleft unscathed.
it's one of the first places to fall into opposition hands in the uprising against president al assad. it began with peaceful protests, but what followed was some of the worst fighting including artillery shelling and air raids that cost thousands of casualties. now the battle is over and some shops have reopened. business is okay, he says, but compared to when we returned two months ago, it has really improved because more and more people are coming back. we had a government escort with us as we toured, clearly making it difficult for people to speak openly with us. troops have driven rebels out of many area, but it remain as city with two faces. just a few blocks from the utter destruction, you would never know there had been an armed conflict. the streets are full of life in areas loyal to the regime. we got a chance to speak to the governor of homs, a man
respected even by many opponents of the government. he says he believes the turmoil here is almost over. if the support of terrorism is stopped in the media and on the battlefield, i am convinced god willing homs are go back to what it used to be within four months, he told us. the governor says he's tried to reach out to opposition fighters not affiliated with islamist groups, even offering an amnesty for those who surrender. rebels still control some places. the government estimates that about 7,000 are hold up in neighborhoods especially in the old city. the fighting continues there as fierce as ever says one opposition activist we managed to reach on skype. there are hundreds of thousands living in tents and hundreds of thousands living under siege, he says. there are tanks and rockets fired on a daily basis. this is what the regime and its supporters want. for many months, homs was the symbol of the uprising. with a remains is a city divided
between those who want to forget the civil war and those still entrenched fighting on. and places that serve as a warn to go both sides, what might happen to other parts of syria if the civil war isn't brought to an end. so he plays a terrorist on the hit tv show homeland and his acting so convincing now he's actually getting harassed at airports.
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but for millions his face instant recognizable as a top al qaeda terrorist in the show time hit show homeland. >> you pervert the teachings of the prophet and you call it a cause. >> generation after generation must suffer and die. we are prepared for that. >> reporter: for two seasons he played the word's most wanted terrorist on the hugely popular show time trauma homeland. and life hasn't been the same for the iranian born actor negahban who laid nazir. >> people recognize who you are now? >> they recognize abu definitely. they wake up, oh, abu, abu. >> reporter: homeland changed everything. all the projects that i've done in the past, i've never gotten so much recognition for my work. >> reporter: the show is on the
hunt for a wanted terrorist out for revenge for a u.s. drone strike that killed his son. nazir enlist as prisoner of war to help him carry out terror attacks. >> the show doesn't give you an answer. it raises questions. so you sit there and you ask yourself the question how would i behave if i were in that situation. they say that there is no hero. everybody has flaws. >> reporter: he says he knew he wanted to be an actor growing up as a little boy in iran. after the revolution, he moved to germany where he studied acting while working as a painter and taking on on other odd jobs. he later moved to los angeles and started to get roles in television shows and movies. being an iranian and playing a terrorist has gotten him shaome criticism from iranian americans
who say it's the exact image they have been fighting to change. >> first of all, i'm an actor and i'm not playing an iranian. just because i know the culture better, i think i can do a much better job to bring that character to life. >> reporter: in season two, abu gets caught and killed. >> is there a chance you might come back in like somebody's dream? oh, come on on. >> i don't know. i really don't know. at this point, i'm sure that is no. >> but if you knew, would you tell us? >> if i knew, i would not have told you, but -- >> reporter: he's working on a number of tv projects and is already thinking about one particular leading lady. >> i would love to do something with meryl streep definitely. >> reporter: and one thing is definite. abu in respect abu may be dead, but this is only the beginning for the actor
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glam. in english, we say ecg. but it's an electrical measurement of the heart. >> reporter: and if you suffer from an tia, should you be worried? >> it's a stroke that almost happened. it can be a warning sign that you're at risk of having a stroke and that should never be ignored. >> reporter: all important letters to know when it comes to your health. elizabeth cohen, cnn.
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international news. tell us a little bit about what you love to do. >> well, i suppose i sort of fell into conflicts back in the mid-80s after the romanian revolution. and then just kept going from there to iraq and west bank, gaza, afghanistan and all of that. >> i promise we did have grown up pictures. there you go. >> that was in iraq i think in '0 # 8 or '07. and field news is what we do. >> i'm so looking forward to monday. we'll rock it. >> it will be fun. >> going to be great. >> thank you, michael. welcome.
a hazing pictures from russia. a meteor explodes in the sky more than 1,000 people now hurt. sports icon oscar pistorius rejects a murder allegation. the owe him tick runner stood in court earlier today as a judge formally charged him in the killing of his girlfriend. and in the state of the union address, president obama talked about gun violence. well, later today, he's going to be in chicago to talk about possible solutions. this is cnn newsroom. i'm suzanne malveaux. and first, the meteor that rocketed down from space today tore across the skies over southern russia. this is what it looked like. pretty amazing pictures of this streak of bright light. that is actually the meteor burning up. the shockwave triggered a huge sonic boom. listen to it. a terrifying blast.
shattered the windows across the area. more than 1,000 were hurt including 200 children. most of the injuries from that flying glass that you saw there. want to bring this chad myers talking about how this happened. what actually took place? why did it get so close? >> well, what it was was an asteroid that was out there. turned into a meteor when it hit the atmosphere. and then probably even rained down meteorites now down on the ground. it is not the asteroid that is thousand g thousand g now getting close today. the big one is coming in from the south. this thing, and that's about the size of a 15-story apartment building in new york city. it's big. now, this thing is the minivan that's sitting in front of that 15 story apartment building that entered the atmosphere from the north. so, no, they were not related. they just happened to cross the earth at about the same time.
there it is takes hits the earth, it turns in to a fireball, it heats up, it gets so blazing hot the that it can't stay together anymore and it explodes. when it explode, it's called a boli, it makes the shockwave and then the sonic boom as it eventually lands on the earth. when you look at those pictures, you can't tell whether those little particles hit the xwrugr or not. they don't stay lit and smoking all the way to the ground even if it they did make it to the ground because they slow down. by the time this thing hits the ground, a piece hits the ground, 200, 300, maybe 400 miles per hour tops that's not fast now keep it hot and smoking. so they're out there looking for pieces right now. a lot of people hurt will, though. amazing picture. >> and tell us about the astroid that's coming very close to the earth. we won't see the same kind of thing, right? >> absolutely not. not on a collision course with earth.
we do have satellites out there. they are probably watching us even if you're on a cable network that's going back and forth to the satellite. it will fly in between the satellites and out the other side from the south to the north. and hit nothing. honestly, there's 8 billion miles out there of nothing to hit. and about 400 little satellites that could get hit. so it's really the odds of it are not see row, but not very high. >> okay. good. thank you. want to bring in casey wian at a jet propulsion lab in california where they explore the solar system. so tell us about this astroid that will get very close, it's about the size of half of a football field? it won't hit the earth, but you're going to be able to see it, yes? >> that's right. actually you can see the astroid as it's being tracked over brisbane, australia live right now on you can also go to
10:07am that is video that nasa is putting out of this astroid 2012 da-14 is its name as it streaks across the southern hemisphere. it's actually approaching the earth's orbit from the south, from the south pole, and then the northern help physical fear later today. traveling at its peak 4.8 miles per second. very, very fast. at its closest point, it will be 17,000 miles from the earth. sounds like a long way away, but it's actually very, very close. as you mentioned, it will be inside the orbit of some of the satellites, communication satellites that are orbiting the earth. nasa says very, very minuiscule chance, not an impossibility, this it could potentially disrupt cell phone or television communications. but they're not expecting that to happen. they say there is absolutely no
danger to the earth. they want to stress that. but what they are doing is sending out radar to that asteroid as it approaches the earth. they want to learn about its characteristics, its rotation rate, its makeup. because what they're concerned about is an astroid that's more of a threat in the future, they want to learn as much as they can about this one. >> all right. cool stuff. thank you, casey, appreciate it. so we were following the passengers from the stranded cruise ship. of course they're feeling enormous relief to be back home today. this is after those five days adrift in the gulf of mexico. emergency how you'd feel, you'd probably kiss the ground, too. what began as a pleasant cruise turning in to this grueling ordeal at sea. many folks forced to tough it out on the top decks to just escape the heat and t. we all watched charter buses
whisk the passengers back to galveston, texas overnight. that is where the cruise began. folks talking about finally stepping on solid ground. >> feels really good to be on land and not be swaying back and forth. >> after being on that boat for that long and not knowing when or how we were getting back, it was just so good to finally be back. >> land like this just feels awesome. >> we were like, oh, my gosh. >> the will you pleasing obviously was probably the biggest issue and the smell. >> brings a whole new meaning to the term poop deck. >> we were just so ready to be off the boat. this last eight hours were like the worst just because we were so anxious to be off. the rest of it, most people were pretty patient. by the time we got there, we were just ready. >> it was so nice to actually see them get all off that ship last night. there was of course a small army of carnival employees waiting on
the dock. one of them ceo jerry cahill. and quite frankfrankly, he offe for excuses and apologized. >> i'd like to reiterate the apology i made earlier. i know the conditions on board were very poor. i know it was very difficult. and i want to apologize again for subjecting our guests to that. we pride ourselves in providing our guests with a great vacation experience. and clearly we failed in this particular case. >> carnival triumph will be out of commission for at least two months. 14 of the booked cruises have been scrapped. on top of that, it is the third high profile problem that this company has had in a little more than a year. want to bring in alison kosik to talk a little bit about that. do we think that means bad deals for carnival? are they going to lose a lot of money? >> reporter: for carnival in all this, believe it or not, it may not be too bad. we talked with susquehanna
financial and she says the reality is this extent wasn't so bad as to scare away passengers. long term investors also like carnival cruises because it's a big company, it has lots of brands. you see the share, though. shares this week have taken a bit of a hit. down 4% for the week. obviously they've stabilized, only down about a third of a percent today. but then you look at the past year for these shares, shares are up more than 20%. and this is during a year when carnival ceo said this is the most challenging year in their company's history. more proof that carnival can survive this. remember the costa concordia accident, carnival operates that ship, as well. 30 people died in that accident, yet people continued booking cruises even after that. >> do you have a sense of how they'll repair the damage either to the reputation, do we think it will have any ripple effect when it comes to the rest of the cruise industry? >> reporter: and that's really hone questi
money question. what many crisis consultants say is carnival needs to show passengers that they care. meaning go ahead and get out there with the passengers as you showed the ceo actually boarding the ship and saying sorry to the passengers. that's really beginning to get a handle on it. also carnival is going ahead and offering compensation. they're giving all those passengers refunds. giving them money for future -- giving them future travel bookings on ships. they're giving them $500 each. transportation back home. all of this help. and the crisis consultants say all this has to be done quickly and aggressively in order to sort of stay on top of the situation. >> all right. thank you. no rally on wall street in spite of some of the encouraging economic reports. consumer confidence is up more than expected. manufacturing activity also is on the rise. dow isn't moving that much. 13,970. still within about 1.5% of the record high. here's what we're also breaking on for this hour.
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president obama's honoring 18 people with the presidential citizens medal. it is the country's second high he is civilian honor. those honored included six educators who died in the elementary school shooting in newtown. the medal recognizes americans who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or fellow citizens. president obama speaks in chicago in a couple hours now. his focus will be on the economy, but he is also going to be talking about gun violence. really. i mean, this has reached critical levels. crisis levels. in the president's city of chicago right outside where he
lives. here is dan lothian. >> reporter: on the streets of chicago, another potential crime in progress. it's an all-too familiar call. last year almost 2500 shootings in the windy city. and more than 500 murders. that's the pack drop as the president returns to his backyard to again call for congressional action to curb gun violence. >> gabby giffords deserves a vote. the family of newtown deserves a vote. the families of aurora, deserve a vote. >> reporter: the president wants universal background checks, a ban on some assault weapons and high capacity magazines. proposals he defended in thursday's google plus hangout, and online q&a. >> second amendment does not automatically assume that any weapon that is available you can automatically purchase. >> reporter: polls show the public appears to be on his side. and with more innocent victims stacking up like hadiya
pendleton, gunned down in chicago, will controversial debate isn't fading. >> something's better than nothing, i would say. we need -- they need to do something. >> reporter: but the voices for tighter restrictions like in this latest tv ad -- >> we need to stop the wrong guns from getting into the wrong hands. >> reporter: -- are being fiercely countered by groups like nra. >> for our second amendment freedom, mr. president, we will stand and fight. we will not be duped by the hypocrisy in the white house or the congress who would deny our right to semiautomatic technology and the magazines we need to defend ourselves and our families. >> reporter: the group is launching a full court press aic aimed at protecting its second amendment right rights. >> i do wish the cheer leading would stop and the prosecutions
begin. >> reporter: lapierre with the nra is vowing to stand an fight, an accusing the white house of trying to ban every gun, tax every gun sold, and register every gun owner. dan lothian, cnn, the white house. again the president's going to visit chicago, that is this afternoon, he's going to be talking about gun violence that of course is layinging chicago. we'll bring it to you live 3:00 p.m. eastern. and as you know, journalists we cover the new, but also there are times when we are directly impacted, a part of the news. the violence in chicago has a very personal connection to one of the members of my team, the executive producer, taneshia bell. she grew up on the south i'd of chicago and when she was just five years old, her father was murdered. happened less than two miles from where michelle obama grew up. she has written her personal account of growing up without her dad and then also losing other close friends. to gun violence. you'll want to take a look.
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. this is a first for same-sex couples allowed to be buried together in a national cemetery, that a major milestone, a benefit never before granted to a gay couple. this is the place in portland, oregon. long time partner of a retired lieutenant colonel will be buried there with the approval the veterans affairs secretary. this isn't a change in policy. only applies to this specific case. the first time they were asked to sr. such a request. the military does not formally recognize same sex marriages. and now dental records confirm the charred human remains found in the burned out cabin in big bear lake, california, are now christopher dorner's. this was the fired l.a. cop who left four people dead in this
nine day reign of terror. it ended tuesday in that huge shoot-out with the officers in thatity fuss area east of l.a.. and oscar pistorius, the guy they called the blade runner, this is him today in court. he was slapped with formal murder charges in the shooting death of his girlfriend. prosecutors are taking the angle that pistorius 34r57bed to kill his girlfriend, but his agent says that he strongly denies these charges. errol, how did this play out in court today? >> this skas already quite shocking and bizarre. so to hear the department today as you mentioned, prosecutors
intend to charge him with premedicated murder. it was really quite a surprise. they feel they have enough evidence fewer than 48 hours after this crime to place -- to charge him and to convince the judge that he planned to kill reeva steenkamp, his 29-year-old model girlfriend who was a law school graduate. now, the only other development today was it both the prosecution -- prosecuting team and defending team have agreed to delay the proceedings until next week tuesday. so we haven't really seen oscar pistorius enter a plea yet. all we've heard is the note through his agent that he will strongly deny the charges and will fight them. so it was very shocking development to see that today. >> and what happens tuesday, is it possible that he could get out of jail while this all plays out? >> it's highly unlikely at this point. i mean, officials didn't even want to allow him to post bail.
they feel he's possibly a flight risk. so aech day we're finding more confidence on the side of the prosecutors to bring the case against him. we don't know what the defenses will be. there were reports that there were multiple gunshot wounds on reeva steenkamp's body. how in the world could he defend shooting her multiple times in the wee hours of valentine's day. and it should be note that had reeva steenkamp was about to appear in a reality show. producers behind the program will continue with their plans to air the show which is set to premiere tomorrow. they say to the rest of the world can appreciate her beauty and intelligence. so while oscar pistorius' life for the next few days will be in a jail cell, while the steenkamp family is grieving, they will also have to see their lost daughter appear in this program.
>> that might be hard to take. there was this theory that perhaps it was a valentine's day surprise that went terribly wrong and she surprised him and he ended up shooting her thinking she was an intruder. that theory has been dismissed? >> theory was dismissed almost completely. when police first addressed the media outside the residence of oscar pistorius, they admitted they were shocked to hear on local radio that there was the possibility of a valentine's day surprise gone wrong. we have to only think and question why that is. they had already witnessed the crime scene. they had already seen the aftermath of what happened in the house. so why were they surprised that anyone was even suggesting that it could be a possible valentine's day surprise gone wrong. so we now must wait until tuesday until oscar pistorius defends himself and explains exactly what happened and why his girlfriend is now dead. >> okay.
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in southern russia, neshrve are on edge after this happened earlier. terrifying blast caused by a meteor that rocketed down from space if you can believe that. yep, it exploded over russia's earl mountain region. the streak of bright light, that is the meteor burning up. and the energy from the detonation equalled about 300 kill kilitons of tnt.
more than 1,000 hurt. most of the injuries from the flying glass. and carnival passengers thank god going home today. many ecstatic to be back on dry land. they were drifting for days following a fire that knocked out the power to the ship. passengers who wanted to return to galveston, texas, they were taken overnight by a fleet of charter buses. triumph set sail eight days ago. the ship was supposed to return last monday. glad they're home. today president obama visiting chicago, that's where the obamas still have a house there. he will focus on the violence here. the gun violence. all of the problems that have continued. it was just last weekend that first lady michelle obama attended the funeral for hadiya pendleton. she's the chicago teen who was shot and killed just a week
after performing for the inauguration. the nomination of chuck hagel to be defense secretary hitting another road block. senate republicans have stalled his nomination for another two weeks. the senate could not come up with enough votes to end a republican filibuster. >> on this vote, the ayes are 58, nays 40. three-fifths of the senators not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is not agreed to. >> i enter a hoegs we consider a motion we consider a vote in which closure was not invoked. >> we want to bring in dana bash. you are all things expert in all these procedures that are taking place. i understand this is a delay. tell us first of all why did it happen and do we think this will go through. >> why did this happen, the
republicans who voted against stopping the filibuster said they wanted more time. that many of them who i spoke, to many republican senators, said that they were voting no yesterday, but that they would vote yes after the week long rece recess, which has officially started now, in order to give colleagues more time to look at chuck hagel's record, to ask questions of outstanding issues that many say about speeches that he gave and how he was paid and so forth. so on paper, he should pass. he should be confirmed in about a week. however, the reason why i'm hedging a little bit is because we've seen this movie before. we were told when we did our own head count last week or the week before that there were 60 votes to keep him going and to stop a filibuster. but several senators changed their minds in the last 48 hours or so because they were pressured pie their colleagues who said that they didn't want to just let their former colleague, we should rebehind people, chuck hagel was a former
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barbara about this trip in uganda that she took with her parents back in 2003 that changed her life. >> my mind was pretty blown when we landed and i saw literally thousands of people waiting in line for drugs that we had in the united states. and i ended up talking to a mother who had brought her little daughter there and the mother had dressed her daughter up in her nicest outfit. and i thought the daughter was three and it turns out that she was seven and she lacked the bafg health care she needed to grow and life a normal life like any kid would want to. and just seeing the hope that this mom had for her daughter because there was now drugs in her community in uganda, that we had been lucky enough to have in the united states, but her daughter didn't have because of where she was born, it definitely was an eye opening moment for me and made me realize that we are so lucky to have science and medicine, but
it doesn't matter if people don't have access to it. >> so you actually quit your job in new york at a design museum and you decided he were going to make this your sole know cuss here. you're pairing up college grads and putting them on the front line of the health care battle. tell us how works. >> we select young leaders to serve within nonprofits for a year. so they fill whatever guts the organizations have and then of course learn a ton from the experience and throughout the year we provide mentor ship and training and leadership development for them because we want to make sure that we not only make an impact on this year, we know that we will continue to work on their issues throughout their career. >> and you're one of those fellow. that's not an easy thing to do. 4,000 applications, you got one of the spots. you're originally from nigeria. you work in new york. tell us what's the most
important thing that is challenging your country now? >> well, mostly it's maternal child health and that's one of reasons that i decided to do the fellowship. it's coming together toward health equity. and i know if you are educate a mother, you educate a nation. >> barbara, covering your father for eight years at the white house, he's been pretty much out of the spotlight since leaving the presidency, but we did see last year he went to zambia and did some volunteer work at a cancer clinic. is this the kind of thing the two of will you work on together, that you share a passion for in africa? >> absolutely. i hope so. of course my parents i do think influenced me to end up choosing this as my career by exposing me to the huge health issues that exist in the world. >> how is your grandfather? we saw him recently released from the hospital after battling bronchitis. how is he doing? >> he's doing well.
he is a fighter and is not intending to go anytime soon he says. so we're really thrilled that he's out of the hospital. >> and i believe you'll be an aunt for the first time soon. twin sister jenna expecting her first baby in a couple of months. is she ready for it? >> she is ready, we're all as ready as we can be. but everyone in my family is so unbelievably excited. we can't think of anything else to talk about what that and we can't wait to meet that little baby in the next few months. >> does she have a name picked out, do you know? >> well, i don't know. they're keeping it secret if they do. and we don't know if it will be a boy or a girl. so i think everyone is waiting with excited and anticipation. >> any advice for sasha and malia? >> i don't think that they need advice because i think they're doing an incredible job just being kids. i would just encourage them to take advantage of the great
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he's the president of coach, but did you know he also designed the sweater and dress first lady wore on the inauguration? alina cho got a back stage pass to his high design home during fashion week. watch. >> reporter: he's the man with the golden touch. and two full-time jobs.
reed krakoff, president of coach, his own label, an made works not in fashion, but design. take. >> reporter: take a look around his stunning manhattan townhouse and it's easy to see why. there is an endless staircase. museum quality art like it mobile. >> i love the idea that he had his own word. >> reporter: furniture. >> how many people can you fit on that couch? >> a lot. >> reporter: and fixtures. including this turn of the century tiffany lamp that serves as the centerpiece of his favorite room. a glossy gray-walled library that doubles as a dining room. for he and his wife, designing is intensely personal. >> it is a pleasure and kind of
a gift to be able to do it. >> reporter: undeniably spectacular, the home is also elaboratory of sorts. the designer takes inspiration from here and uses it here. and maybe even here. >> less about a color or about a shape. it is more about how to bring things together and tell a story, whether art or design, photography, it creates a dialogue. i think more of that dialogue and relationship is what i bring to fashion. >> reporter: colors in a painting can end up in a shoe, or a bag. stainless steel chairs in his home also seen here in his jewelry. but what about his blue cardigan sweater and dress first lady michelle obama wore to the inauguration? a lot was made about how the blue matched the drapes and the room. was that something you were thinking about? >> no. i can honestly say it wasn't. it was a happy accident. >> reporter: one that catapulted his name and his 3-year-old label from fashion famous to
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>> looks really cool. the movie featuring the voices of ricky gervais, sarah jessica parker and jessica alba among others. he was very hands on with the film. says the process was also challenging. >> this is the first i made from beginning to end, developing the script, working in the studio, and i got to tell you, it is not easy this is 2 1/2 years of my life. >> do you like it? why did you do it then? >> i did it for the challenge. i see what john lasseter does and jeffrey katzenberg, they're both friends of mine and i have new respect for them. i have one great opportunity. aliens are trapped in this prison. the american general is taking advantage of them and they say why don't we tweak all these guys and say the aliens did not -- that the aliens invented computer animation and not john lasseter. it is in there with a grumpy picture of john. then we tweak the guys, eric schmidt, and my guys from google, and i tweak zuckerberg
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